Author: connectwithalicia

Author, Licensed Respiratory Therapist, Entrepreneur. With a passion for writing and helping other's gain the advantage in success and life!

Spring And Asthma

SPRING IS HERE!
Most people love spring, unless they have allergies or asthma and allergies. Plants are blooming, most people look forward to the temperature is rising . Unless one has allergies or asthma that presents another issue.

According to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America

  • More than 50 million Americans have experienced various types  of allergies each year.13
  • Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S.1
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 13 people have asthma.1

Pollen is one of the most common triggers of  seasonal allergies.  Every spring and summer plants release tiny pollen grains to fertilize other plants of the same species. This pollen is carried by the wind to other plants which causes humans and animals to breathe it into their nose leading to the respiratory system.  More than 2 million emergency room visits  each year are related to asthma.  

Keeping Pollen At Bay

In an article on  WebMD  titled Spring Asthma the author Kara Mayer Robinson outlines 7 ways to keep pollen at bay.  

I suggest you read it when you have a chance.  Remember to avoid the outdoors from 5:00 am to 10:00 am when the pollen counts are highest.  

Know Your Asthma Triggers

People with asthma have inflamed airways which are sensitive to things which may not bother other people. These things are “triggers”.  Avoiding your triggers is the best way to reduce your need for medicines and to prevent costly asthma episodes.  

If you don’t know what triggers  your asthma this article titled; ” What Triggers or Causes Asthma” maybe helpful.

Have An Allergy and Asthma Management Plan

Having both an allergy and asthma management plan is the key to preventing allergic reactions and asthma symptoms.  I also recommend that you work with your doctor to help you create an easy plan for you to manage.  

  • Take any medications as prescribed
  • Know which medication to take and when to take it
  • Know when to call your doctor
  • Know when to seek emergency medical care

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AH SPRING!  May the sunshine upon your face and you take time to smell the flowers along the way.  

Here’s to having a healthy and happy spring.

Gain The Advantage!

Alicia Osmera

 

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7 Fun Manifestation Games

Have you ever played the Manifestation Game?

I found this today and I wanted to share with my readers.

Every Monday on my Instagram account I feature Manifestation Monday’s.

I was so excited to find this game, I just had to share it with all of you.

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Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

Three Ways To Making Winning Connections

Your business is built on networking and connecting with the right people.

Network marketing events are a great way to connect with other like minded people. However just handing out a business card and hoping to get results is not going to get you very far.

First

One must decide what it is they want to achieve from meeting new people. For example, if you are in a health and wellness company and are looking for new people to join your organization, then it would benefit you to go to meetings about nutrition and fitness.

Second

Developing personal relationships is the greatest key factor to making a winning connection.

Recently I read an article by Martin Zwillining titled 5 Stratagies For Making Winning Business Connections he states, “Learn to work with people and build strong relationships “.

Building relationships helps others to trust in you. Trust in your belief system and your company.

Third

1. Write down your goals.

2. A great source I’ve used is the website meetup .com. Just plug in your area and what your interested in and a whole list of meetings will come up.

3. Be open minded. Connections can come from anywhere if you are looking in the right places.

I’ve found being friendly to others, showing caring, being concerned about another person helps make that connection work.

Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

Five Tips When Choosing A Home Heath Care Provider

Choosing a home health care agency for your loved one can be overwhelming. Shopping for one there are certain factors I recommend as a health care professional. You want your loved ones to feel safe and cared for in your absence.

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What is home health care? Home health care is started when some one is no longer able to care for themselves in their own home due to recent falling or failing health issues.
The term home care is used to distinguish non-medical care or custodial care, which is care that is provided by persons who are not nurses, doctors, or other licensed medical personnel, whereas the term home health care, refers to care that is provided by licensed personnel.

Licensed personnel consist of nurses, LPN’s (Licensed Practical Nurse), Respiratory Therapist, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist.

1. Talk to the doctors and case managers to find out what your loved one’s insurance will cover. Most agencies accept Medicare and Private Pay, some accept Medicaid.

2. Call at least three home health companies and do a comparison of services and how friendly they were to you on the phone. (I am a big believer in phone edicate and how a person treats me from a company is how they will treat my loved one).

3. Research the Medicare site for their input. Medicare holds the standards for all home care companies and they must adhere to them or face penalties and fines for not abiding by the rules.

4. Types of Services They Offer Not all agencies are the same. Some offer skilled nursing care, certified nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy and respiratory therapy. While other agencies might offer specialized care such as

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Argus Home Health Care in Denver, Pueblo, Canyon City, La Junta (Ark Valley) in Colorado.

For example they offer the following services:

  • Medical Services
  • Brain Injury Services
  • Non Medical Services
  • Electronic Monitoring

Okay I am a little bias about Argus Home Health because I recently accepted a job with them as their Quality Assurance Manger.

I would encourage you to choose the company that is the right fit for you and your loved one.

5. Interview the top three sites that you liked from the phone calls. A great resource AgingInPlace provides questions to ask:

Do they do a guaranteed background checks for in-home care candidates they employed?

What level of training and experience do their caregivers offer?

Medical training and licensed candidates if you require medically qualified assistance?

Availability of caregiver staff (days of the week, holiday coverage, backup staff if needed, live-in services if needed)?

Do they take your or your loved ones insurance?

The AARP has an amazing questionnaire to use as a tool when asking questions.

I suggest using the PDF version which I have here for you to download AARP Caregiving Checklist Download.

Facing the decision to have a stranger come into your home to help care for your loved one can be a scary thought. By providing a resource of information my hope is to help make this decision a little easier.

I am a licensed and Certified respiratory therapist here in Denver, CO. I have over twenty-six years experience.

Should you have questions please reach out to me by email at connectwithalicia@gmail.com or leave a comment and I will reply back to you.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera, CRT, LRT

Good News It’s February 2019

Good News, It’s February 2019

Wowza where did January go? I promised myself that I would commit to writing more this year.

One article in January is not going to get it done. Excuses! Yes I have plenty of those.

■ I just got a new job and I’m too busy settling in my new role as their Quality Assurance Manager.

■ I’m too busy helping my husband out after he got home from rehabilitation with his knee replacement surgery.

■ I forgot

■ Didn’t feel like it

Okay these are just a few I’ve come up with. There really is no good excuse.

I found this great article by

Heidi Cohen titled; 13 Tips To Find Time To Blog. A few great points she makes are

  1. Break blogging tasks into smaller chunks. …
  2. Collect blog post ideas. …
  3. Outline your blog article in advance. …
  4. Use a blog post framework. …
  5. Set a date to blog. …
  6. Develop a writing habit. …
  7. Start writing where the energy is. …
  8. Wait for the passion to write.

I make this pledge to you my readers. I promise to do better. No more excuses!

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

Hello January, Goodbye 2018

Happy New Year Everyone!

As 2018 is now over, my wish for you is to have courage, hope and faith to overcome any obsticals that may come your way.

Find joy in the everyday things not just the happy moments.

Have peace with yourself and with life. Without peace there’s no happiness. Without happiness no joy, without joy there is only sadness and hate.

This year in 2019 show love, be happy, love and care about your fellow man.

Resolutions are fine to have; however according to an article I found in Very Well Mind only 9% of people keep their resolutions.

Do you have any resolutions for this new year?

Happy New Year.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

I Have A Few Questions For You

Hello Dear Readers

I have a few questions for you. With 2018 almost at an end I decided to ask my readers a few questions.

Please do leave a comment because I really would like to know your thoughts.

1. Which article(s) did you like the most and why?

2. What type of subjects are you interested in reading more about?

3. A lot of blog site now have pop up adds. Do you have adds on your blog site? Does it bother the person reading your post?

4. Have you ever been a guest blogger, or had someone be a guest writer on your site?

5. Are you a blogger? What do you write about?

I hope you will participate in my questions. (This could end up in a blog round up post). Be sure to add your comments below. If you would rather email me, you can send it to connectwithalicia@gmail.com.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera